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Empire of Storms

Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 5
Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Kingdoms collide in Sarah J. Maas' epic fifth installment in the New York Times best-selling Throne of Glass series.

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

©2016 Sarah J. Maas (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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I cried when I realised...

A tad slow to start, but oh my wyrd, that ending. I'm in tears. I also loved that there was less swearing in this one. There's also a lot more sex, but they've been building up to it for the last four books, so not unexpected.. it's easily skipped if you're so inclined..

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Sweet torture!

Aaarrgh! The not wanting it to be over versus the wanting to know what happens.

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Amazing story teller

Sadly now I have to wait for the next one.

I could stop listening. Loved it, love the series. I think I might have to start at the beginning again.

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Still in love...

I have read these books so many times and the way this book ends and the details it spins still gives me goosebumps.

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Just keeps getting better

Wowzers! I’m am utter speechless, I’m not sure what to say about this book. It’s so jammed packed. But the ending WTF!!! Seriously why you gonna do me like that? New relationship, stronger bonds, new enemies, old friends and allies and so much more. So many twists, turns and unexpected moments to be had in this books. I really hope you give it a chance as I did.

After defeating the previous King of Adarlan and helping Dorian claim the crown, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius along with Rowan Whitethorn, Aedion Ashryver and Lysandra have arrived in Terrasen to claim Aelin’s crown and armies to fight the war. Only, the lords that still exist have decided she is not fit for the throne, even though 1. They hadn’t meet her, 2. She has been fighting while they have been sitting on their butts. She has been forced out of her home once again, until she prove herself to these so called lords. But Aelin is going to gather an army and protect her home wether the lords want her to or not.

“To call in old debts and promises. To raise an army of assassins and thieves and exiles and commoners. To finish what was started long, long ago.”

While Aelin, Rowan, Aedion and Lysandra are in the North dealing with the pompous Lords of Terrasen. We have Elide Lorcan on the run trying to get to Terrasen away from Vernon and Perrington in Morath while being stalked by Lorcan. Than King Dorian Havilliard Is left in Adarlan trying to clean up after the Glass castle was destroyed, he is soon being attacked.

Aelin really surprised me lots in this book. When the lords rejected her as Queen, I expected the old sixteen year old Celaena to loose her temper and chuck a tantrum, but she didn’t, she strategically and calmly told them where they could shove it. That she would return with an army of her own. So that was a memorial scene. Then there were a few scenes in the book where she went back to her old ways where she was secretive, but at the end, she was the most selfless person in this entire book. I feel that her character has been the most misjudged and mistreated throughout this series. I was in tears for her in the last few chapters and I just couldn’t handle the crap she has had to endure and will have to endure, for the ones she loves and calls family. The steamy moments between Aelin and Rowan, wow, get a girl an extinguisher. A lot of people are complaining about this about this but they need to understand, that one Aelin is now older, she is with a full blood hot Fae male that have a soul deep connection, so it’s going to have to eventually go down that road. Plus it’s was tasteful and not over the top.

Rowan is still my favourite alpha male, he just owns my heart and soul. He is still MINE! He is just Fae-fection, the dedication, loyalty he has to Aelin and the rest of the court of friends is fabulous. The connection between Rowan and Aelin just keeps growing and growing and my theory of them being mates was true. (Sorry spoiler) I did predict this back in Heir of Shadows when we first meet Rowan. There is sex scenes in this book, so if there is any young readers please keep this in mind when reading this book. But my heart is shattered in pieces along side with Rowan after the battle at the end... oh Rowan come here, I’ll comfort you.

The more Lysandra makes appearances in the books the more I enjoy her character. She has become a great new addition to Aelin’s Court, she is all sorts of bada**, I love her transformations, her snarky remarks and her playfulness.

Manon Blackbeak is one cool chick. She is kicka**, strong, and willing to put her life on the line for the ones she cares for. She has been given a real crappy situation, where she needs to witness her second Asterin being killed because of something she had done.

Dorian is now the King of Adarlan, but without his kingdom he is on the run with Aelin and the rest to try and stop Erawan. But while he is still trying to heal after the collar he is being questioned as to why he is following Aelin’s commands and not setting them

Aedion, I still love him and his character, although there were a few times that I wanted to slap him over the back of his head. But he is just like Aelin so it is expected that there would be times they would clash. But when he confronted Gavriel, wow *cry, my heart broke you could hear the heartache in the words he said to him about his mother. The on the beach with Rowan after Maeve, *sob, the devastation in his words, when he was trying to comfort his brother.

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Sex, unnecessary action and contrivance

Despite the fact that Sarah J Maas can write really, really well and I've largely enjoyed the novels in this series up to this point, this novel stopped being about the characters and become entirely plot driven. To create interest, the author paired up most of the main characters with each other in sexual relationships (worthy of any purple prose-filled romance), and threw us into repeated, mostly pointless battle scenes written to the same 'we're rocking this, oh no we can't win, oh wait we're saved' formula she seems to favour. Add brutal torture porn (really brutal), a protagonist who keeps both allies and readers in the dark, and a seriously contrived ending that only serves to add more books to the series, and you've got a novel that's really hard to stay interested in or want to go on with. If you get through it, it feels like your emotions have been beaten senseless and hung out to dry in the baking sun, mostly due to the author's overuse of her 'hurt the characters to create empathy' approach to writing. By the end I'd lost almost all interest in the characters (particularly the protagonist) and can't say I care much about what happens next in the story. Gone is the (mostly) clever plotting and character twists that marked the earlier books in the series, which now relies on action, sex and contrived plotting to keep the story moving. At least the narrator for the audio book version has improved her performance from the beginning of the series, going from what sounded like constantly angry and spiteful to merely disdainful and even mellow some of the time.

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Narrator is *A*M*A*Z*I*N*G*

I adored reading this book, but holy fucking damn, the narrator had me on edge at each chapter. I haven't slept and had to finish this book. Incredible.

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In chapter 54 Aelin refers to Rowen as her mate before it was revealed. A slight slip up. Otherwise a good book. I didn't like her character in the first book, but am glad I continued with the series.

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Best One Yet!!!

empire of storms was truly emional and was the best book so far it brought me to tears when everything unfolded and I can't wait to get the next book

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Holy Gods

Overall an amazing and enjoyable story.

HOWEVER I must say that the last part of the story made me fast forward quite a lot at how much one thing is being repeated by multiple characters, as well as how long it dragged on for.

I loved it regardless and can't wait for it to finally come to an end with KOA.

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  • Claudia H
  • 13-09-2016

Emotional, Stressful and Wonderful

I've noticed trends in a lot of the YA scifi books that I've read, particularly those with a strong female lead, and this series follows all of them. It has the usual love stories, and the usual rise from the lower class, and a strong female protagonist - which to be clear, I always enjoy, AND, this book still managed to give you a plot line to love, even though you've kind of heard it all before. This particular book shows how much Aelin Galathynius has grown and how strong she truly is.

This book was extremely sexual, more so than any of the books prior, and I would not recommend it for the 11-13 age group. There were many sex scenes and sexual conversation and situations, so I think parents should use their own judgement.

I'm thrilled with this book, I wish I waited until the next book in the series was also released, because this is a doozy.

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  • chamillion20
  • 15-09-2016

Good for adult audiences

I loved the story but cringed through all of the detailed sex scenes and explosion of explitives. Aelin's toes curl a lot, and everybody is "incarnate". (I dont know if that name is spelled right. Im more of an audio listener.) I hope Sarah tones down the adult content in her next books, or I wont be buying any more copies in the throne of glass series for my kids to stumble over.

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  • Matthew
  • 18-01-2017

somewhat predictable

The narration was solid even though I'm not really a fan of Evans voice, she always does great work.

I find the story predictable and I feel that the writer doesn't really understand cruelty. what she paints as cruel just feels generic to me.

I think the story would have been better served if she would have focused more on the story and catered less to the sex appeal of the audience. not that I mind the fun bits of course but it overshadows the story to me.

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  • Xerostomia
  • 17-10-2016

As compared with the others in the series

Something changed in this book,(possible spoiler ahead).
!!!!!!!!Semi spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!
Couple things bothered me, because they weren't like the first few books a all.
1) So for some reason this book "gods damn" as everyone's emphasis words no matter the situation which was kind of annoying.
2) Everyone is having sex, this book has several very descriptive sex scenes... sure people messed around before and the second book I believe had some . But this book is ridiculous.

Overall I'd probably give it 3 1/2 stars, but since I can't , I'll give it 4, since these are basically my problems. Lol Just seems like a YA book, but this is not. Glad I read it before my daughter .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-2016

Why the graphic Sex scenes?

Loved the story, great plot with great characters.

However, it seemed like the author thought she needed wildly graphic sex scenes (this also in her other book series Court of Mist and Fury) to create intimacy between characters. Totally unnecessary, especially for a young adult novel. Something I would never recommend for the young and impressionable.

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  • Jonathan Plaizier
  • 23-09-2016

Not my flavor.

Most of this series is brilliant, the vibrant world, interesting characters, and struggle for hope are parts that have kept me enjoying this series. This book however added some things that I really didn't like, and think detracted from the overall story. I believe there are times and places where sex scenes can be appropriate but many of the scenes depicted in the book felt like cheap smut, placed there as fan service to keep people interested in the books. it could have been more enjoyable if left to the imagination and not depicted in such a graphic and vivid way. The only other main issue I had was a 30 minute torture scene. It was placed to cause tension and build anticipation, but lasted far too long. The way it was handled caused me to loose all interest in the book or the outcome of the series.

The series as a whole is a good one, and one that have enjoyed. I would, however, not recommend this particular book to others. It just isn't my flavor.

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  • Jessie
  • 11-10-2016

Parts were Unnecessary

I appreciate how the author finally brought all the characters together and explained mysteries from her series. However I do not understand why she chose to be so sexually explicit with all of her characters. It didn't even seem to fit in certain places. She went from one overly lusty scene to the next, almost as if she got stuck and couldn't think of how to progress she story so she had all of her characters be fully and uncontrollably horny. It didn't make sense in context and seemed cheap and trashy. Besides her brief attempt at being an erotica writer, I liked this book.

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  • Chris
  • 22-09-2016

almost perfect

I really wanted to give this 5 stars but couldn't due to the graphic sex.

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  • Book Lover
  • 08-09-2016

I truly enjoyed Empire of Storms

Empire of storm is great story and I look forward to the next release. I have to say Aelin is just so lovable and she has won my heart. She is beautiful, smart , so giving. She is willing to scare her life so others may live. She is amazing.

I highly recommend this book. This book is full of adventure. Aelin may sound so full of herself; but she is full of love for the people and causes that she loves.

Rowan, Doran, Manon, Aedion and Lorcan are also great characters. I like the way we were able to her different characters POV.

I don't think this book is appropriate for kids as young as 11-13. I do think that there are parts of the book which are not appropriate for kids which are that young.

An applause to Sarah Mass and Elizabeth Evans. Good job.

I can see this series book becoming a tv show or movie.

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  • Susi
  • 19-09-2016

series turning less and less YA.

erotic sex scenes in this one. if your teen started the series it might be good to stop now

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  • Katie Stewart
  • 07-10-2016

Great story, even better narrator

These books are great, but I'm sure you're aware of that if you've got to this point. What I really wanted to mention is the voice actor for this series is phenomenal. She captures the tone, essence, and voices of the characters and story. I've not come across a better narrator than this one here.

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  • Ian
  • 09-02-2018

A brilliant serise

After completing this serise, I found it brilliantly written and the narration is superb, the whole serise is brilliant, I can't fault it so all.

I would most definitely recommend this serise to anyone.
It's an epic 5 star fantasy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-2016

amazing

the narrator is really easy to listen to and the storyline catches you every twist and turn literally nonstop action I can't wait for the next book it's going to be epic 👍

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  • N. J. Wright
  • 14-08-2018

Good twists, voices are a bit similar, quite angst

Good twists, voices are a bit similar, quite angsty. Looking forward to last book. Probably won't relisten.

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  • Miss M L Norton
  • 14-03-2018

Always a Pleasure

I love Sarah J Maas - end of! These books are epic and the delivery is always top notch!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-2017

Absolutely amazing story. Couldn't stop listening

I can't wait to listen to the next book. Captivating story full of emotions, bravery, love and friendship, pain and suffering, pride and loyalty, humour and wisdom. Fantasy offering escape but at the same time teaching the values of right conduct, moral and ethical decision making.

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  • ciara donovan
  • 16-11-2017

fantastic, brilliant!

Third time reading/listening to this book and it just gets better each time. Inspiring heroine and wonderful characters throughout. I can't wait for the next few books of the series!

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  • james
  • 20-07-2017

Careful who listens to this

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\i have now invested days listening to this series with my 14 year old daughter. she will not be listening to this final book as the prolonged sexual scenes are very graphic and would not be suitable. I am very disappointed as the actually add nothing to the story line.

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  • Tess
  • 20-08-2017

Confused fan fiction

Not impressed with this book in the series. Actually found it quite confusing, had to re-listen to sections to figure out what was going on. Just seemed to jump around all over the place. But the main thing that detracted from the enjoyment were the sex scenes. Jeez, I like a guilty pleasure mills & boon novel with the best of them but not when I haven't signed up for them. Whole chapters made up of the beautiful couples having endless orgasms. Every man is an Adonis, & every woman is scarred in some way but nothing that will detract from her beautiful face & amazing body, ugh ok we get it!

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  • H. O'BRIEN
  • 16-05-2018

losing it's way

narrator was great as usual but story is losing it's way now. dissapointed in this book as the others were much better.

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